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File an appeal in a maternity leave dispute

You can file an appeal against your employer if you have a dispute over maternity leave or feel that you have been unfairly dismissed.

During your pregnancy, you have maternity protection against retrenchment or unfair dismissal.

If you have a dispute about your maternity leave, first speak with your employer to understand the situation.

If you believe you have been dismissed without sufficient cause, you can:

  • Submit an appeal in writing to the Minister for Manpower after the dismissal and within 2 months of the birth of your child.
  • Seek the union’s help (if you are a union member).
  • Seek legal help.

You must be covered by the Employment Act or the Child Development Co-Savings Act to submit a claim.

Submitting an appeal

To submit an appeal:

  1. Download and complete the appeal form.
  2. After completing the form, you can either:
    • Email it to
    • Post it to:
      Labour Relations and Workplaces Division
      Ministry of Manpower
      1500 Bendemeer Road
      Singapore 339946
Last Updated: 27 December 2017